In the summer of 2023, 9B Gallery became part of the regional ecosystem of art residences. The new program is aimed at developing creative industries and is being implemented with the support of the government of the Nizhny Novgorod region and ANO Nizhny 800.
9B Gallery continues its strategy of supporting authors by initiating research into the unique cultural landscape of Nizhny Novgorod and the Nizhny Novgorod region. And art lovers could follow the work of resident artists at special events that the authors held for the general public.
Within the framework of the project, the residence of Irina Petrakova was the first to start, followed by Igor Ponosov (Moscow), Lyudmila Baronina (Krasnodar), Ivan Gorshkov (Moscow). The gallery team helped the artists in working on their projects.
In addition to 9B Gallery, the art residency program also includes the FUTURO gallery, the Terminal A Contemporary Art Center, the Tikhaya studio, the dreamlaser multimedia studio together with the TSEKH space*, and the Vyksa art residence. The guest curator of the program was the co-founder of the Association of Art Residences of Russia, head of the Ural branch of the Pushkin Museum Kristina Gorlanova.
Irina Petrakova was born in Siberia. In 2003 she graduated from the graphic arts department in Novosibirsk. In 2010-2011 she studied at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow, in 2011-2013 - at the BAZA Institute, in 2015 - at the Salzburg Summer Academy of Arts in the sculpture class of Nora Schulz. In 2015 - the first personal exhibition "GunPowder" at the Zarya Center for Contemporary Art in Vladivostok. In 2015–2018, co-organizer and creator of the "Red" art center in Moscow. Engaged in artistic and educational practice with children and adolescents. Lives and works in Moscow.
Petrakova uses different types of art from embroidery and graphics with oil pencils to video, sculpture, and installation. The focus of her artistic optics is the chthonic, the theme of sectarianism, religion, and media. Petrakova explores the dark, subconscious side of reality and its manifestations in everyday life.
Works are in the collections of Daniel et Florence Guerlain, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Ruarts Foundation, Zarya Center for Contemporary Art, Iragui Gallery and in private collections.